LeBron James' immediate reaction after Game 7 win over Celtics

Virginia Santiago
May 29, 2018

Cleveland played Game 7 without Kevin Love, who was ruled out for medical reasons after bumping heads with Tatum in the first quarter of Game 6. Not only did he play all 48 minutes, but he dropped 35 points on 12-of-24 shooting and added 15 rebounds and nine assists.

The Cavs started 29 different lineups in the regular season and might now start their fifth different playoff lineup Sunday with Love out.

Brad Stevens says that "it's an absolute blast" to prepare for Game 7, especially up against a "tremendous individual player" in LeBron James. But when it ends, it's painful. But getting this one, with all the challenges, misadventures and misgivings that have engulfed the Cavs this season, would qualify as perhaps his most meaningful East title. The Celtics, in the end, did indeed need Kyrie Irving to get the job done. In Game 6 of the 2012 Eastern final, he went for 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to keep the Miami Heat alive before they won Game 7 back home. The Cavs will be underdogs but they will also have LeBron James. If the Cavs are going to win on the road for the first time all series, it'll likely require a monster performance from James.

"I think it was really hard", Ainge said. I'm trying to squeeze this orange and get the most juice out of it that I can. He went off for 45 points, including 26 in the first half.

The third quarter was a disaster for the Celtics.

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You just try to console them as much as you can. "We win as a team, we lose as a team". Maybe when I was 11 or 12 and we lost the cup final or something".

Cleveland became the fifth team in league history to reach the Finals as a fourth (or lower) seed.

"Sorry for you guys that don't know much about Cedar Point", James said, "but it's been a roller coaster". He hit a 3l and actually threw down a facial dunk on the King, complete with a cheap chest bump to follow. The last time an NBA Finals did not feature James was in 2010. The Celts are flawless at home this postseason and their average margin of victory has been over 11 points. James, though, has been up-and-down in the three games played in Boston.

"He's unbelievable", Stevens said.

If the seven players who carried the Celtics to the brink of the last dance represented the sole returning talent next year, we'd still be talking about them as potential finalists. It's ridiculous, and he does it at this level and with the pressure, with the scrutiny.

Anyone who doubts the greatness of James is a fool.

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The Cavaliers will take on either the reigning champion Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets in the championship series. But he owns the heart of a champion and is almost impossible to knock out.

Irving underwent an earlier knee surgery in March to have a tension wire removed from the kneecap. Tatum's 351 points this postseason was one short of Abdul-Jabbar's record of 352.

The biggest star in the National Basketball Association, the greatest player of this generation, one of the five best players in history had something he needed to say to the 20-year-old rookie.

We now know why Irving wasn't at the game.

James took care of the rest.

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But my opinion is this: I'm a Raven, and what we do inside these lines is what I'm anxious about". Rooney also said he doesn't expect protests to be an issue with this team.

As for the Celtics, they feel their day will come. Boston will be one of, if not the favorite to win the Eastern Conference next season.

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